Democrat memo – don’t discuss health care legislation details (Update)

Today and this weekend, Democrats don’t want to talk about the details of the Senate health care legislation or the House committee reconciliation act. They would rather just stay with lies, it’s easier. “Your federal government will make things better.” Hogwash.

Update: The memo is being passed around inside the beltway and handled by staffers in Congress, but nobody seems to be claiming authorship. By no means is it an overboard memo, and it does ring true to what seems to be happening in D.C. Democrats claim it is a hoax. Hot Air has more here and here.

The second link discusses more about the “doc fix” that CBO says will add billions. Maybe we can get Dan Rather to deem the memo fake but accurate. AP at Hot Air notes…

Simple. You break the bill up and pass one of the expensive parts separately later.

[End Update]

Voters don’t want this crap, but the Democrats who control both the Executive and Legislative branches of government want to stuff it down our throats. Reference the memo below … hat tips to Power Line and Big Government.

A key paragraph in the full text of the memo – embedded below – is transcribed. Democrats plan to deal with the doc fix elsewhere so they don’t screw up their perceived “budget neutrality.”

Obama has the nerve to selectively blame problems on previous administrations. If the blame lies elsewhere, he does not think the cash to solve the problem should count against him or his plan. Unbelievable!

It’s not his fault, so that half trillion dollars $208 billion – my original figure will probably be more accurate – should not be considered as an extra cost for the bill!

On the second page, second paragraph, with the italics in the original and my emphasis in bold.

Second, most health staff are already aware that our health proposal does not contain a “doc fix.” Some Republicans have repeated CBO’s November 18th letter that says ” the sustainable growth rate (SGR) mechanism governing Medicare’s payments to physicians has frequently been modified (either through legislation or administrative action) to avoid reductions in those payments, and legislation to do so again is currently under consideration in the Congress.” The inclusion of a full SGR repeal would undermine reform’s budget neutrality. So, again, do not allow yourself (or your boss) to get into a discussion of the details of CBO scores and textual narrative. Instead, focus only on the deficit reduction and number of Americans covered.

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Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. GdavidH on March 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Disgusting liars telling lies to liars

  2. donh on March 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I can understand lying defensively when you are in trouble like Clinton did with "that woman". However, this radical gang  of fascist  lie agressively each and every day  as an offensive strategy. Proof positive we are not being lead in a good direction and this will not end well.

  3. Dimsdale on March 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Man!  With Clinton, we only had to worry about the meaning of the word "is".   Now, with this pack, we have to redefine "transparency", "ethical", "honest", and, of course "promise".


    All the fun of Hugo Chavez, in the comfort of your own country!

  4. Dimsdale on March 19, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    It is funny that the big liars have to tell all the little liars how not to get tangled up in the lies they all tell.  God forbid anyone should honestly tell us what is in the bill, or even display some evidence that they even know what is in it.

  5. winnifredthewoebegon on March 22, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I guess I can quit my job now that Obama will provide for me…Wait!  I'm already unemployed!  And my husband's Anthem insurance premium is soon to increase by 39%!  All in all, a great Monday morning for my family of five!

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